Denver: two suspects in custody following shooting at school

Denver: two suspects in custody following shooting at school

Separately, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the Trump administration would do everything it can to find ways to safeguard schools.

Castillo, a member of the school's award-winning robotics team, wasn't the only student who jumped into action.

According to student Nui Giasolli, who spoke to several media outlets, Castillo was killed lunging towards one of the shooters in an effort to stop Tuesday's violence. The school serves students from kindergarten through to 12th grade.

A ranking law enforcement source told Denver7 that at least one victim was shot and that one suspect was down. The other three remain in critical condition.

Classmate Nui Giasolli told USA media she was in her British literature class when one of the suspects turned up late and pulled out a gun.

The shooters entered through the middle school entrance, which is in the northeast side of the school, Spurlock said. She said he was such a terrific employee they offered him a part-time job.

Now is the time to mourn and to weep, he said, but the people of Colorado are resilient. He also said the school does not have metal detectors. "I recommend everyone else send their kids, too".

This story will be updated as details emerge.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said the attack happened just before 14:00 local time (20:00 GMT) on Tuesday.

Neither of the suspects was injured, he said.

Describing public reaction to the attack, Polis said, "At this point, I think Coloradans are really heartbroken, frustrated, still shocked and, frankly, sick over a mass shooting occurring right here in Douglas County". "They were very heroic".

The father said the victims were alive and that students were able to disarm the shooters.

Places that had always seemed the safest - schools, libraries, even churches and synagogues - no longer seem so. In addition to Columbine, a man opened fire at a movie theatre in Aurora, another Denver suburb, in 2012, killing 12 people and wounding scores more.

The shots were reported at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday afternoon at 1.53pm.

Parents were urged to stay away from the school and instead go to a nearby recreation center to pick up their children.

Douglas County District Attorney George Brauchler says 18-year-old Devon Erickson will make an initial appearance at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The woman was found dead on April 17 of an apparent suicide, according to authorities. No one else was injured.

"When we were exiting the building there was a trail of blood", said an unnamed student. "This is a reminder of why".

The shooting took place exactly a week after a gunman killed two students and wounded four at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

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